Finding Legal Property Lines in Central PA

Finding Legal Property Lines in Central PAMany central PA property owners feel confident that they know the official boundaries of their property. This is especially true for homeowners who have fencing around their homes and purchased a home with a fence already in place. 

It is not uncommon however for a homeowner to be surprised when a property line is challenged by a new neighbor and find out that the fence was not put up on the proper legal boundaries. In some crazy cases, homeowners have found that a house was built in the wrong spot according to the originally planned lot lines for a housing community. How can you be sure that property lines are right and that your home and the property you own that it sits on are within the correct boundaries? 

Finding Legal Property Lines in Central PA

Many people will jump to hiring a professional licensed land surveyor to determine property lines. This is a good tried and true way to determine legal property boundaries, it however is not the only way. You can save thousands of dollars by trying other methods first.

Check the Property Deed

Legal property lines are recorded in a few different spots when lot lines are marked out. The legal description of a lot is recorded on the property deed. If you do not have a copy of your deed, you can request one at the county assessor's office or the planning office of your local government. 

Donald Payne of Vision Realty shares this in a blog post about where to find deeds :

"A property deed is filed as a public record with the city, county, or state and is accessible through online searches and at the local tax assessor's office."

There are a few ways the description of the lot can be written on the deed. It can describe the property location to help someone find it on the plat map or it can include the specific details including precise measurements of the lot that allow someone to walk the property lines from a reference point. 

Look at a Plat Map

Plat maps have precise records of property lines for an entire neighborhood or larger area of a community. Each plat or property in a neighborhood on the map will be numbered known as the parcel number. The parcel number is assigned when the land is raw and being planned out for development. A homeowner or property owner can find the parcel number for their land on the deed to their land or through the local assessor's office. Sometimes a homeowner may be able to find portions of plat maps online

Hire a Professional Surveyor

There are methods to use on your own, but sometimes to ensure you are reading a map correctly or have interpreted the deed well, the help of a surveyor is best. It will cost some extra money, but in some circumstances, the cost is well worth making sure that you have the official and legal boundaries of your property correct. This is incredibly important if there are property line disputes brought up by a neighbor who believes a fence is in the wrong spot or that something on your property is actually part of their property parcel. You want to make sure that you have a trusted licensed surveyor do the job of marking the boundaries so that should the issue be taken to legal authorities to enforce you have a solid claim to where your property lines are. 

Knowing where the official boundaries of your property are is always helpful before building a fence or any outbuildings on your property to ensure everything is done right and to avoid any headaches with neighbors or future neighbors about where things should be. 

If you are planning to purchase a home in central PA, I am here to help. Contact me any time to get started searching for the ideal central PA home that meets your wants and needs. Whether you are purchasing a brand new home in a master-planned community within walking distance of great amenities or you would prefer a home with plenty of land, I am happy to help with any central PA real estate needs. 

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